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Hungry for some of Austin’s best Tex-Mex food during your stay at SXSW? Then don’t miss SXSW’s first-ever Taco Table on Friday, March 9 at 12:30 pm at Palm Park (711 East 3rd Street; just one block from the Austin Convention Center). Your $25 ticket to this top-notch networking event will be good for admission and savory, satisfying and spicy lunchables from several of Austin's best-loved taco outlets. This event is a great chance to conveniently sample some killer Tex-Mex in the company of like-minded souls. Participating restaurants include Taco Deli, Habanero Mexican Café, and Matt's Famous El Rancho. In addition to tacos, there will be plenty of queso and a variety of tangy salsas. Attendees also receive two complimentary adult beverages and incredible pre-event networking. Tickets to the Taco Lunch on Friday, March 9 are available to all SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film, SXSW Gold and SXSW Platinum badgeholders. Tickets available on-site at Palm Park.
by Todd Sawicki
Werewolf, a variation of the Mafia game, is spreading like wildfire in the tech social circles. We've hosted overnight games in secret in the past at SXSW, but this time, we want to get more people involved. The game is the great equalizer. Though deceit, honesty, and raw powers of reasoning, you can get to know amazing people and build great friendships. This panel with long-time Werewolf players will teach you the basic rules, the best practices (yes, there are best practices even for a game), and how to host the game yourself. Come to SXSWi and leave with an amazing tool to build great experiences forever. Trust me, I'm a villager.
by Todd Hansen
Are you a newcomer to the on-site SXSW Interactive community? If so, maybe you are overwhelmed (don't worry, being overwhelmed is a feature not a flaw). But attending the "SXSW Newbie Meet Up" is a great way to connect with other newcomers -- as well as get solid March Madness survival tips from those who have experienced the event before.
by Jim Butler
Get together to meet fellow Austinites who love tech and this beautiful city. If you're from out of town swing by too and meet some great, friendly folks who work for our fair city.
Storytelling is both the second-oldest art form and a hot "new" form of entertainment — thanks to This American Life, The Moth's podcast and live shows, and tons of shows cropping up around the country, storytelling's making a big comeback. It's making a comeback in the boardroom, too. And if we are honest with ourselves, it's just about to join "leverage" in the marketing d-bag's haggard sack of buzzwords. "Leverage storytelling to activate your customers," "learn story techniques," — you're going to hear a LOT of that at SXSW this year.
You know what you're not going to hear anyone else talk about?
"What makes a great story?" or "How would I know a good story?"
Good stories are a little like good porn: you know ‘em when you see ‘em. But we're going to peel that hood back together and examine what makes a story good — and how to amplify and condense that.
Join an interactive discussion with storytelling experts from across a wide range of disciplines – from NPR's This American Life, NYC storytelling show producers and accomplished solo performers with The Moth, Story Collider, TOLD!, Real Characters, And I Am Not Lying and other shows, as well as an expert in organizational narrative – and hack through the marketing hype to find out what really makes a good story.
by Regina Twine
All you needed was a place to rest your weary head after a long day of panels and parties. This year it may have taken a bit longer than normal to find that place. How can we help SX, the residents of Austin and businesses prepare better for the onslaught of people descending on their town for the conference? More hotels? Less badges? More campsites? Come discuss the troubles you had trying to find a place to sleep and lets brainstorm some solutions.
Learn to open yourself up to sudden, new possibilities – and seize the potential from everything that's right in front of you. You'll learn the rewarding art of creative play, how to surprise yourself and yank your inner comic out of the closet. In this workshop, you'll learn how much fun it can be to say "yes" to everything, to stop being ashamed of your own ideas and to easily improvise a hilarious comic scene. Discover how letting go actually provides you with great control in seemingly crazy situations (applicable to daily life, guaranteed). Coached by Eliza Skinner.
by Andie Grace
South-by-Playa! We all know SXSWi is crawling with Burners...let’s get together and see what we look like without all that dust all over us. Even if you’ve never been to the event in the desert, even if you’re just mildly curious what the heck Burning Man really is -- come on over and say hello.
Everyone's got at least one story in them – whether it's a pitch, a plan, or a tale of love gone horrifically wrong. Join Cyndi Freeman (Moth outreach instructor, storyteller, burlesque performer) and Jeff Simmermon (host, producer of And I Am Not Lying, blogger at andiamnotlying.com, award-winning storyteller) and hone your chops. Practice telling your story, identifying the change and heightening your stakes. You'll learn how to identify stakes, own your mistakes, and create a compelling narrative.
Have you been dying to tell the world a story? Are you tired of keynotes talking at you and dying to have other people listen to YOU for a change? Here's your chance! This is partly an optional follow-on from the storytelling workshop at 1PM, and part full-on open mic, this is a time for anyone to tell stories to friends, enemies, and complete strangers. Gentle critique is available and totally optional for anyone who wants to tighten their story and tell it better than ever.
Play the Battle Hymn of the Republic on dual kazoos, read the best parts of your manifesto, flog your book or flip your unicycle: all you have to do is tweet, retweet and share information about the And I Am Not Lying tent at SXSWi. The 5 folks who reach the most people win 8 minutes of stage time to perform any old messed-up PG-13 stunt their heart desires.
The folks from the And I Am Not Lying blog are cock-rocking the NPR crowd in their new monthly residency in Brooklyn with the best underground comedy, storytelling, burlesque and sideshow acts. This whole thing is about getting together and getting EXCITED, turning the phones off and participating in something that's temporal, raw, and real, cramming a whole aircraft carrier's worth of fun into one tent that's right next to the FREE BEER TENT. Talent will include storytellers, comedians and surprise drop-ins.
#SXsingle, it's not just a hashtag, it's a lifestyle.
Over the years, the term "what happens at South By, stays at South By" has become part of the vernacular for veteran attendees. In some instances, this means exactly as it sounds. However, many matches have been made at SXSW, including marriages, babies, long term relationships, and of course numerous hook ups.
Come join other #SXsingle(s) or those who once were and want to relive their glory days at SXSW! We'll trade stories, laughs and maybe even some digits!
Are you a designer, maker, mover & shaker selling your goods online or off? If so, then stop by the first-ever SXSW CraftCamp to meet like-minded souls. With a full day of programming specifically developed for creative entrepreneurs who craft, make and/or sell products, SXSW CraftCamp will inspire and educate you for a more successful and productive year ahead.
DIY Nation: How Makers Will Save the US Economy - Core Conversation with Tara Gentile of Scout Creative Media, and Grace Dobush of HOW Design and author of Crafty Superstar
How to Design & Print Your Own Fabric - with Stephen Fraser of Spoonflower
Making the Not-So-Fun Stuff (Inventory, Orders, Expenses, etc) Easier So You Can Save Time and Sell More - with Willo O’Brien of Stitch Labs
What Makers Need to Know About Money & Taxes in 30 Minutes - with Laura Messerschmitt and Ryan Thompson from Outright
4:00-6pm: CraftCamp Meet Up & Crafty Happy Hour with Stitch Labs & Hello Craft
by Chris Sonnier
Get together with sustainability professionals and other like-minded individuals to discuss solutions to the issues facing our economy, the environment, and civil society. Network, brainstorm, and discover how SXSW Eco is providing the creative platform to discuss solutions to these recognized challenges. Attend this Meet Up to better learn about the SXSW Eco conference's initiatives and to talk about ideas for SXSW.
Eco 2012, October 3-5th in Austin Texas.
This event is presented by BlackRapid, creator of the original Camera Sling. For more info, check out blackrapid.com
Do you often annoy your friends and associates with your banter about typefaces? Do you own a t-shirt that references kerning? Do you pay close attention to the "clothes that words wear"? Then you might be passionate about typography. Join other SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum registrants who feel the same way about fonts at this special get-together.
First time at Interactive? We have a meet- up for that! Newbies are welcome to come mingle and meet in a casual, friendly, not-as-noisy-as-most-parties-environment. Ask questions, relax with other newbies, learn a survival tip (or two)- all hosted by a long time veteran of the conference.
by Vickie Ricks
Get together with other fans of A Game of Thrones (or A Song of Ice and Fire, if you will) for an hour of networking and friend-making.
Are you a designer, maker, mover & shaker selling your goods online? If so, then stop by the first-ever SXSW CraftMakerCamp to meet like-minded souls. With a full day of programming specifically developed for creative entrepreneurs, SXSW CraftMakerCamp will inspire and educate you for a more successful and productive year ahead.
by Kelly Krause
Get together with other fashion experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry.
Get together with other meme experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry.
First ever CrossFit Meet Up at SXSW! CrossFit is the world's fastest growing fitness phenomenon and is well suited for the SXSW festival. This is a great opportunity to meet with crossfitters from all around the world and exchange ideas regarding the business and competition. CrossFit gyms are beginning to spring up all over the globe and the community of athletes they represent grows every day. SXSW falls right in the middle of the 5 week CrossFit Games Open Competition, the preliminary stop on the road to crown the fittest man and woman alive. CrossFit, the "Sport of Fitness," has grown from 70 participants in 2007 to more than 50,000 participants in this year's Open Competition and a grand prize of $250,000. This Meet Up will provide a medium to meet new friends, business partners or fellow competitors.
by Aaron Haley
Come join creators, hackers, makers, artists, and diy'ers for the first annual Create on March 13th in Palm Park from 11am-6pm. This community event, in conjunction with Dorkbot Austin and the Austin Hackerspace, will be featuring talented artists from the Austin and SXSW communities showing off their creations and discussing what inspires them. From the latest in robotics, funding methods, and even hacking food science come see what it means to create. Featured speakers include Jeff Potter and Justin Jenson. Follow this site for an updated schedule as well as twitter.com/CreateATX for up to date information. If you would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9th–13th March 2012